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Tony Gwynn’s Epic 1998 World Series Performance Vs. New York Yankees (Video)

June 16th, 2014 at 4:56 PM
By Michael Moraitis

On Monday, June 16, 2014 we remember San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn who passed away at the age of 54.

Gwynn was one of the best pure hitters this writer has ever seen and he holds the same stature in the history of baseball. It's likely most would agree with that sentiment.

Not only did he post a career .338 batting average to go along with 3,141 hits, but his performance in the 1998 World Series versus the New York Yankees was one for the ages.

Sure, the Padres did get swept in that series, but there's not much shame in that considering the '98 Yankees were one of the greatest teams in Major League Baseball history.

Still, that didn't stop a great player from playing at an extraordinary level.

Gwynn hit an astounding .500 in that series (8-for-16) with one homer and three RBI. His homer in Game 1 of the series was his first in postseason play, and at the time it was huge as it gave the Padres a 4-2 lead in the contest.

MLB.com helps us remember Gwynn's home run in that game, which was smoked out of Yankee Stadium in a hurry:

Jack Curry of YES Network remembered that even Derek Jeter asked Gwynn for a private hitting tutorial during Game 3 of the '98 series. That just goes to show how respected Gwynn was in the batter's box:

We can talk about all of his amazing accomplishments and all the great years Gwynn put into the game, but most of all he was a great human being and a true gentleman.

His work both on and off the field made him that much more of a special person and Gwynn will always be remembered as such by anyone who watched or knew him during his incredible life.

Everyone at Sports Media 101 sends their condolences to the entire Gwynn family in this difficult time and they certainly have our prayers.

Tags: 1998 world series, Baseball, Derek Jeter, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, tony gwynn

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